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October 29, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Politically connected Issaquah startup launches Web video voter guide

DemocracyLive.com, an Issaquah startup calling itself the “Facebook for Politics,” has launched an online video voter guide and hopes to sell its platform to state and local governments.

The guide, WaVoterGuide.com, is described as “a voter pamphlet that changes daily with videos and written statements updated directly by candidates.”

It’s received endorsements from leaders of the state Democratic and Republican parties, plus $200,000 in funding from angel investors.

DemocracyLive hopes to use its government contacts to license its voter-information platform to states and counties, according to co-founder Bryan Finney. They’ll pitch to the state Legislature on Nov. 6.

Finney started the company with George Miller IV, son of U.S. Rep. George Miller, and former Snohomish County Clerk Pam Daniels. They’re getting advice from board member Ralph Munro, former Washington secretary of state.

Maybe they’ll hook up one of these days with Election Trust, a Bellevue company offering e-goverment and vote management services, and offer the whole package.

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